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Nuxia oppositifolia

Nuxia oppositifolia
Common names: water elder, bush nuxia (English); watervlier (Afrikaans); iNkhweza (Zulu)
Family: Buddlejaceae

Nuxia oppositifolia is an evergreen shrub or small tree (2-5 m) found along water courses, in riverine bush, in gorges or valleys, and sometimes in relict...

04 / 02 / 2002 | Alice Aubrey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Nylandtia scoparia

Common names: tortoise berry ( Eng. ); skilpadbessie (Afr.). Nylandtia scoparia : duinebessie (Afr.)
Family: Polygalaceae

Identifying the species in the genus Nylandtia using herbarium material only, can be misleading, as the habit and growth form of N . spinosa and N . scoparia...

07 / 11 / 2005 | Christien Bredenkamp | Pretoria NBG
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Nylandtia spinosa

In flower
Common names: tortoise berry ( Eng. ); skilpadbessie (Afr.); mmaba (Tswana)

The tortoise berry is a striking plant when covered in its masses of dainty purple flowers. Attractive and unusual spiny foliage, pretty red edible fruits...

05 / 09 / 2005 | Cherise Viljoen | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Nymania capensis

Attractive seedheads
Common names: Chinese lanterns, Chinese lantern tree, kipkippers (Eng.); klapperbos, lanternbos, kiepkiepies, oumeidsbos, stuipebos (Afr.)
Family: Meliaceae


18 / 04 / 2005 | Ian Oliver | Karoo Desert NBG
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Nymphoides indica

Nymphoides thunbergiana

This species has been split into Nymphoides brevipedicellata and Nymphoides thunbergiana....

15 / 09 / 2003 | | Karoo Desert NBG
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Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea

Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea
Common names: blue water lily, frog's pulpit (Eng.); blouwaterlelie, kaaimanblom, paddapreekstoel, blou plomb (Afr.); iZubu(Z); and blue lotus in Egypt
Family: Nymphaeaceae

Nymphaea nouchalia, a lovely aquatic plant with sky-blue flowers, is South Africa's most commonly grown indigenous water lily....

04 / 02 / 2002 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Nerine bowdenii

Nerine bowdenii subsp. bowdenii from southern KwaZulu-Natal
Common names: large pink nerine (Eng.); grootpienknerina (Afr.)
Family: Amaryllidaceae

Nerine bowdenii is an autumn-flowering geophyte with impressive, large, pink or rarely pure white blooms, carried on long sturdy stems. It is the most...

23 / 11 / 2015 | Graham Duncan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Noltea africana

Noltea africana, flowers and foliage (Greg Nichols).
Common names: soap glossy-leaf, noltea, soap bush, soap dogwood (Eng.); seepblinkblaar, seepbos (Afr.); umkhuthuhla, amaluleka, iphalode, umglindi (isiXhosa), umahl
Family: Rhamnaceae

An ornamental shrub or small tree with clusters of fragrant white flowers from winter to spring....

28 / 03 / 2016 | Lufuno Nenungwi | Free State NBG
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